A murderous bank robber (Hugh Beaumont) on the run from the law hides out in a small town, where he gets a job as a cab driver.
He meets a young girl (Frances Rafferty) who is caring for her ill but wealthy aunt. He courts her and they eventually marry.
She soon discovers exactly who he is, and finds herself enmeshed in a scheme involving murder and loot from a bank robbery.
October 7, 2013 Subject:
I enjoyed the performances in this movie. As cranky as the old lady was, who can blame them? J/K.
December 10, 2011 Subject:
Money, Dreams, and Human Beings
This is quite an impressive Poverty Row Film Noir. The story is solid except for the already pointed out contrived appearance of the cops at the end (having the lawyer simply call them would have worked just fine). In places, it is even
perfection itself: when Steve (Hugh Beaumont) tells Julie (Frances Rafferty) they may not be legally married, it serves two purposes: getting Julie back into her aunt's house, and, just as importantly, keeping her desires dependent upon
conditions he controls. Steve lords over and manipulates poor Julie masterfully.
Beaumont's performance is outstanding; Rafferty's character doesn't seem to have quite enough mood swings for someone being manipulated as she is, but since her character has led a disappointing life, her submissiveness is acceptable.
This is a well woven classic! 9/10
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
December 9, 2010 Subject:
I knew a guy like that once..
I don't know he ever had the guts to rob banks, but he did steal from stores all the time and once even said he would kill me if i didn't help him steal the stuff which turned out to be a load of hogwash.
He was a manipulating little worm and screwed up in the head just like good old Hugh so this story to me is very plausible. People like that work on peoples fears of being thrown in prison for someone else's crimes and he tried the same crap with me except I had his parole officers phone number so he's locked up for years to come now.
I no longer hang out with such slime, but in my younger days...
Good movie, very plausible except the very end with the cops just mysteriously passing by.
Hugh played a lot of gangster creeps early on till he was saved by Wally and Beaver..
October 10, 2010 Subject:
Not too bad for a dark tale
I enjoyed this movie despite the implausible responses of the female lead. A person of her alleged good character, would have certainly sought police intervention upon discovery of the depth of her new husbands lack of integrity. But then, it would be a much shorter play.
Hugh Beaumont plays the sociopath well. One wonders what skeletons hide in Ward Cleaver’s closet. Frances Rafferty does a good job also of portraying the confused, antonymic victim, even if one wonders how such a thing could actually be.
I also enjoyed seeing Dick Elliott in the malt shop. The Honorable Mayor Pike of Mayberry has always been one of my favorite actors.
February 16, 2009 Subject:
Innocence and Ignorance Make a Lousy Combination
Who would believe that Hugh Beaumont (the father of on the '50's series Leave It to Beaver" could be such a ruthless scoundrel? Frances Rafferty does a pretty good job of being completely confused to her spiraling downward predicament.